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  1. FT Alphaville

    June 20, 2014

    Fun with banks' fair value (and DTAs)

    Citi analysts have read 38 European banks’ annual reports for last year. People who value their sanity are not supposed to...

  2. May 25, 2014

    Midsized Europe periphery banks set for cocos push

    By Christopher Thompson in London and Rachel Sanderson in Milan Europe’s midsized periphery banks are preparing to join the...

  1. February 14, 2014

    Milan markets welcome new prime minister

    Italy’s main equities index outperformed its European peers on Friday, as investors remained upbeat about the end of Enrico...

  2. January 27, 2014

    Banco Popolare €1.5bn rights issue sends bank shares down

    Shares in Italian banks fell sharply on Monday after Banco Popolare, Italy’s fifth-largest bank by assets, announced a...

  3. November 15, 2013

    European banks boosted by QE defence

    Europe’s main equities markets held their ground on Friday, with resource and banking stocks in demand, but the bullish mood...

  4. April 22, 2013

    Italian stocks lifted by re-election hopes

    Investors pushed Italian stocks to new highs for the month on hopes that the re-election of the country’s president would...

  5. March 12, 2013

    Intesa chief warns of continuing challenges

    Investors in Italy must prepare for “a continuing challenging environment,” the head of its largest retail bank has warned...

  6. March 11, 2013

    Italian banks hurt by Fitch downgrade

    Italy’s banking sector came under pressure as investors had the first chance to react to news of a downgrade of Italian...

  7. March 11, 2013

    Italian banks urged to boost provisions

    Italian banks are under pressure from the Bank of Italy to increase provisions by an estimated €21bn as bad loans from small...

  8. December 18, 2012

    Relief for Nokia as Eurofirst bounces

    Investors sent European stocks towards their highest levels of the year on optimism that a fiscal cliff deal in the US was...

  9. December 10, 2012

    StanChart shrugs off US fine over Iran

    Standard Chartered shrugged off news of a US fine on Monday as the FTSE 100 crept to its highest closing level since March....

  10. December 10, 2012

    Monti decision to go rattles markets

    Italy’s government borrowing costs jumped and its stock market fell sharply on Monday after Mario Monti’s weekend decision...

  11. November 26, 2012

    ‘Event risk’ weighs on ThyssenKrupp

    Investors sold out of ThyssenKrupp , making it among the worst performers on the FTSE Eurofirst 300 on Monday, as analysts...

  12. October 25, 2012

    Eurozone banks on long road back to health

    Investors may be jittery about much of southern Europe. But eurozone policy makers, battling to secure the region’s...

  13. August 29, 2012

    Italian banks – time of reckoning

    A bank that has been around since 1472 clearly knows a thing or two about survival. Yet in the past couple of years Banca...

  14. June 25, 2012

    EADS stock lifted as Airbus deadline looms

    Reassurances from Airbus that it would be able to deliver its first A350 passenger jet on time lifted shares in parent...

  15. June 6, 2012

    Banks lead gains on European markets

    The FTSE Eurofirst 300 made its biggest gain in six months as markets across Europe rallied despite the European Central...

  16. May 22, 2012

    Greek stocks defy wider European rally

    Greek stocks fell to a 22-year low on Tuesday, bucking a wider rally as investor risk appetite crept back into European...

  17. May 15, 2012

    Greek turmoil knocks European stocks

    Political turmoil in Greece sent European markets lower for a second successive day as investors fretted about a deepening...

  18. May 4, 2012

    Nokia leads fallers in Europe stocks

    Nokia shares suffered heavy losses on Friday morning reaching a low not seen since 1996. The shares sank 7.3 per cent to...

  19. March 22, 2012

    Weak growth data speed European sell-off

    Weakening growth data from China and the eurozone triggered another bout of selling across Europe on Thursday, as the FTSE...

  20. March 21, 2012

    Generali slumps in wake of Greek debt hit

    Generali underperformed a falling Italian market after it announced a sharp drop in full-year net profits. The Italian...

  21. March 7, 2012

    European banks enjoy modest recovery

    European equities staged a modest recovery on Wednesday, with gains tempered by caution surrounding Greece’s debt...

  22. March 1, 2012

    Peugeot falls following GM deal

    Shares in Peugeot sank as investors turned increasingly cold to the French carmaker’s “alliance” with General Motors....

  23. February 1, 2012

    Italian banks

    How many weak banks can Italy support? Even investors struggle with that question. Shares in Italy’s smaller lenders leapt...

  24. January 24, 2012

    UniCredit plans €25bn covered bond issue

    UniCredit is planning to raise up to €25bn through the issue of so-called covered bonds as Italy’s largest bank by assets...

  25. December 28, 2011

    Italian banks sink as stocks turn volatile

    Equity markets across Europe turned increasingly volatile in afternoon trading, an unexpected turn after what was initially...

  26. December 8, 2011

    Country by country guide to the stress tests

    GERMANY Germany’s banks were told to find an extra €13.1bn ($17.4bn) compared with €5.2bn in the preliminary tests. Six of...

  27. November 23, 2011

    US bank credit default swaps jump

    Investors paid record amounts to protect themselves against the risk of default by Bank of America on Wednesday, as fears...

  28. November 14, 2011

    Bond worries push Europe down

    Italian and Spanish banks bore the brunt of losses after a jump in the cost of Spanish and Italian 10-year government debt...

  29. November 1, 2011

    Europe’s banks will find ways to recapitalise

    European authorities have said banks will need to recapitalise by €106bn, yet analysts have estimated that lenders will have...

  30. October 31, 2011

    Banks bear brunt of Eurofirst retreat

    Shares in European banks tumbled as investors began to question the effectiveness of last week’s eurozone deal, with French...

  31. October 18, 2011

    S&P downgrades Italian bank ratings

    Standard & Poor’s cut the ratings of three large Italian banks on Tuesday as part of a broader sector review following last...

  32. September 22, 2011

    EU to speed recapitalisation of smaller banks

    European officials look set to speed up plans to recapitalise the 16 banks that came close to failing last summer’s pan-EU...

  33. September 13, 2011

    Italian and French banks gain ground

    European banks endured a volatile session on Tuesday as funding concerns remained in focus, but most were higher as...

  34. FT Alphaville

    August 12, 2011

    Short-selling fairies

    Charts via short-selling information specialists Data Explorers, incorporating a gauge of securities lending in both the...

  35. July 19, 2011

    Spanish banks rally as debt sale eases nerves

    Spain’s Ibex 35 index putin a strong performanceas equity investors were cheered by the demand seen at an auction of...

  36. June 24, 2011

    Italian bank sell-off prompts inquiry into stop-loss orders

    Shares in Italian banks recorded heavy falls in trading on Friday prompting the stock market regulator to open an inquiry...

  37. April 19, 2011

    UniCredit given extra time on capital ratios

    UniCredit has been given until the end of the year to raise its capital ratios and come into line with the “new normal”...

  38. April 13, 2011

    Italian lenders to resume pay-outs

    Italy’s banks plan to resume dividend pay-outs at the same, or even higher, levels than before the financial crisis,...

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